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LENNA FLORENCE, daughter of E.H. and S.E. ALEXANDER, was born in High Point, Decatur County, Iowa, April 5, l862; died August l, l923.She received a liberal education in the Garden Grove High School, after which she taught a year, and on the 2lst of March, l88l, was united in marriage with DR. D.A. (*large torn area - missing information) where they lived until April, l886, when death invaded the home and took her husband away.She returned to her parents' home, and in the spring of l887, moved with them to Hastings, Nebraska, returning to Leon in the fall of l890.She was united in marriage with S.A. GATES July 24, l894, and has since then been identified with the social, educational and religious life of Leon.
To this union were born two children, JOHN A., and FLORENCE E., who are well-known in educational and musical circles.In early life she united with the M.E. Church, and was an active Sunday School worker for many years.In February, l895, she transferred her church membership to the Presbyterian Church of Leon, that the family might be united in their religious services.
Her life has been devoted to home and church.Her high ideals have been an uplift to all who came under her observation and influence.For many years she has been an active member of the Amicitia Club and helped to mold its standards.She was also a member of the P.E.O. Society, the Eastern Star and Daughters of American Revolution whose noble ideals met with hearty approval.Her work is (*can't read). May her precepts and (*can't read) a benefaction to humanity, as the cycles of time roll on.She will be missed by a large circle of friends but especially by her husband and his daughters; MARY and GRACE, to whom she has been a real mother, and her son, JOHN, and daughter, FLORENCE, three brothers and a sister, MRS. PROCTOR.
May the love of an all wise Father, and the choicest blessings of Heaven, rest and abide with her forever. Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian Church, Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. J.E. Habliston of the M.E. Church, who kindly consented to supply the place of Rev. B.F. Jacobs of the Presbyterian Church of Kings, Ill., when he phoned that on account of trouble with his car, he could not get here.Interment in the Leon Cemetery under the auspices of the O.E.S.
The Family thank their many friends who so kindly assisted in caring for their loved one, and rendered the burden of sorrow lighter.
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